The Importance of a Second Opinion

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 15, 2013


Just last week, I had an incredibly painful infection in a tooth that I should have had filled ages ago. I dragged myself to the dentist, feeling miserable, only to be told I needed a root canal. My first thought was to get it done asap, but I had to stop myself. I remembered what I had heard about the importance of a second opinion, and I booked an appointment to see the Endodontist as soon as he had an appointment available.

In a recent poll, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Invisalign, 70% of respondents said they would seek a second opinion for a costly home repair, more than half would for a major car repair, and 30% would for personal electronics repair. By contrast, just 19% said they would seek a second opinion for a medical condition, 17% for a medical procedure, and a dismal 6% for dental work.


Needless to say, I needed that root canal. But, getting that second opinion eased my mind and solidified the importance of getting the pain under control the proper way.

Have you been told that you or your teen need teeth straightening? Being that Invisalign aligners are slighter younger than wire and bracket braces, you may have been told it wasn’t posible to go the Invisalign route. But, be sure to check with an Invisalign provider in your neck o’ the woods. A second opinion could make the difference between the freedom of clear (nearly invisible) aligners or a mouth full of metal!

I am working with Invisalign and, while I’m not being compensated for this post, my twins are receiving full Invisalign treatment in exchange.

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B2S :: 1st Day

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 27, 2013

Sending five of my kids off on the first day of a new school year, in a new school, was bittersweet. This will be Noah’s very first year away from home, and I know I will miss him in a different way than I will miss the others.

This morning, as I said goodbye to each of them – with lots of hugs and kisses – I prayed that God would go before them and help us all transition well.

BTS Josh and Noah

BTS Zach Julia Ethan

I was excited to hear all about their first day of school and rushed to pick them up. Josh and Noah get out earlier than my middle schoolers, so we had a chance to chat before the big kids got home.

Josh really likes his teacher, has already made a couple of friends, and said that “school is awesome”!

Noah had a fabulous first day. He said that he loves school and “can’t wait until tomorrow!” I really didn’t need to worry about him at all…


Ben and I had oour first day of school today, too. Well, sort of… We started the morning with a Bible lesson, math, and reading time. We then spent the afternoon getting the test of our school room organized and ready for the rest of the year. I have a feeling our official first day will be next Tuesday, after the holiday weekend.


Goodbye Crowded Teeth. Hello Beautful Smile!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 8, 2013


Do you remember when I told y’all about Ethan and Zach’s upcoming Invisalign treatment?
At the time we had just had the initial consulation with our orthodontist. Whom we love, by the way!

Invisalign 1st Visit

There were many reasons why we decided to go with Invisalign aligners instead of braces, to straighten their teeth, not the least of which is the fact that Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable. Score for the already-awkward twin boys in middle school!

Actually, because the aligners are removable there are no limitations on what my (soon-to-be) teens can eat and nothing (like wires or brackets) to get in the way of cleaning. My boys can still be kids… Kids with a little more responsibility, that is, considering they have to remove their aligners to eat, brush and floss, and they must regularly clean the aligners and exchange them for a new set every two weeks.

A piece of cake for boys who want straight teeth. And, quite the deal for the already nagging mother. (That would be me.) I have yet to bug the boys to clean or change their aligners!

So, Ethan and Zach had their scans done back in May. I was worried they would have to have old-school impressions done, with all that yucky goop in their mouths for what seemed like forever, but this was “super cool.” As the machine scanned their teeth, each section of Ethan and Zach’s mouths appeared on the screen in front of us.

Invisalign Scan

As soon as their scans were completed, we saw right before our eyes how their crowding would be corrected over the next year and a half. The boys were amazed, as was I. They were eager to begin their treatment and we can’t wait to share their progress over the next several months.

Have you or any of your kiddos had braces or Invisalign? Do you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions you’d like to share?

I’m a member of the Teen Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and both Ethan and Zach are receiving complimentary treatment.


A Day Full of BIG Changes

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 27, 2013

Ethan and Zach have been complaining for quite some time about their teeth. Their teeth are pretty crunched in their mouths, but they weren’t in any pain, so I wasn’t in a hurry to take them to see an orthodontist. I figured the longer I stayed away the longer the bills for braces would.

I was beginning to realize that neither of them were smiling as much, simply because they were embarrassed…. I hadn’t thought much about their fragile middle school images.

So, when a friend asked if I knew anyone who wanted to speak with an Invisalign rep for a blogging project, I remembered about the relationship I began years ago with Invisalign Teen. At the time we weren’t ready, but I emailed her and asked her if we could talk.

Boy, am I glad I did! After a consultation today we found out that both Ethan and Zach are candidates for Invisalign and will begin treatment next month. In exchange, I will be blogging about the process and share tons of info with you from Invisalign.

I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled the twins are!!


Now, for some more exciting news….

My friend Danielle cuts, colors, and styles my hair. She has for years. She’s seen me from blonde to brown to blonde again, and from long to short to long again. I absolutely LOVE her.

So, when Julia begged me a few weeks ago to let her get her hair cut with the boys, I decided she needed to wait to see Danielle.

Well, today was the day!

Danielle cut off a full foot in length today! Julia is going to donate her 12 inch pony tail to Locks of Love for the second time and she couldn’t be happier about her new look.


I am working with Invisalign and, while I’m not being compensated for this post, my twins are receiving full Invisalign treatment in exchange.


Quite the Shocking Surprise!

February 15, 2011

Julia and I went out this evening to run some errands. We did not expect to return home to find that Noah wasn’t the only one who wanted his hair buzzed! This may take some getting used to!

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Happy Birthday, Ethan and Zach!!

October 24, 2010

I can’t believe my little “gummy bear babies” are TEN YEARS OLD!! My, how time flies! Happy birthday to my little men! Love you both!!

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Who’s Who?

August 4, 2010

I took Ethan and Zach to get haircuts yesterday. With their longer hair styles I don’t trust myself to cut it properly, like I do the younger boys. I was shocked when I discovered that one decided to cut his hair much shorter than the other… Never before have they actually wanted to look so […]

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March for Babies with Famous Footwear

April 14, 2010

So fragile, their little bodies fit perfectly in the palm of my hands. Daddy’s wedding ring could fit on their tiny wrists. At two pounds, 5 ounces and three pounds, three ounces they were larger than life. I was in love. BUT… They couldn’t come home with me. They were too fragile and too tiny. […]

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Secret Ink

October 3, 2009

Today Ethan read all about secret ink in The Dangerous Book for Boys. One of the agents that can be used for this disappearing ink is urine and, of course, Ethan wanted to try it. Uh, I don’t think so. The book says milk works, as well as lemon juice and egg whites. The idea […]

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Ethan + Night Terrors = Scary Stuff

August 25, 2009

Ethan and Zach both had night terrors when they were babies. I remember being a young and frightened mama, whose babies would thrash around and scream, for no apparent reason, while not responding to me. One second they were reaching out for me, and the next they would push me away. Fast forward five years… […]

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More Excitement

July 6, 2009

Ethan and I made another trip to the hospital today, this time for a scheduled visit. One last test was ordered for Ethan, to rule out any abnormal activity in his brain. The EEG was quick and painless, although Ethan did have to sit still for 20 minutes… Oh, the horror! Once they had Ethan […]

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June 29, 2009

First of all, I want to thank you all who have left me such thoughtful comments, tweets and messages. Also, I’d like to send out a special HUG for all who have stepped in to help Ray with the kids. You have no idea how much it means to me to know that there are […]

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I didn’t think it would happen to me…

June 24, 2009

Ask any one of my family members or friends and they will tell you that I am not typically the type of mom who coddles her children. When one of my boys falls, I tell them to get up and keep running. My kiddos (no more babies here) play in the tub while I grab […]

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“kinda stressful”

June 23, 2009

Today started like so many other days, although a few of my kiddos decided to sleep in a bit. Not entirely abnormal, I wasn’t surprised when Ethan said, shortly after 10am that he hadn’t eaten breakfast. He came in from saying hello to his neighborhood friends, hopped up on the counter and drank from the […]

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